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Texas Tribune Tracks Perry's Travels

Photo illustration by Ben Hasson, Texas Tribune

Over the last several months, amid great presidential speculation, Gov. Rick Perry has had a much larger presence in national GOP politics. He increasingly finds himself balancing his duties as the state's chief executive with demands for appearances around the country, whether it's to speak about his book, Fed Up!, or to rile up the masses as he did at the American Conservative Union's CPAC event in February, and again at the June 18 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

To monitor Perry's whereabouts, the Tribune has created the PerryTracker, designed to keep tabs on where the governor travels, especially as he is widely considered to be pondering a run for the White House. Our map dates back to November 2010, when Perry won his re-election bid decisively and embarked on a national book tour. We'll continue to track the cities he visits, list the purpose of those trips and provide links to video and news clips of those appearances.

It's worth noting that since November 2010, many of Perry's out-of-state travels have been directly related to his work as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. In that capacity, he is expected to stump and fundraise for GOP candidates around the country. On at least three occasions, he has combined those meetings with book signing events. The presidential buzz ramped up in late May, as the regular legislative session began to wind down and the national media's scrutiny of the GOP field — which some believe to be weak — intensified.

Thanh Tan is a multimedia reporter/producer for The Texas Tribune. She previously worked at Idaho Public Television, a PBS station that serves a statewide audience. While there, she was an Emmy award-winning producer/reporter/host for the longest-running legislative public affairs program in the West, Idaho Reports, moderator of The Idaho Debates, and a writer/producer for the flagship series Outdoor Idaho. Prior to joining IdahoPTV, she was a general assignment reporter at the ABC affiliate in Portland, OR and a political reporter for KBCI-TV in Boise, ID. Her work has also appeared on the PBS NewsHour and This American Life. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with degrees in International Relations and Broadcast Journalism.